San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State's Jonathan Lester moved into seventh place on the school's career saves list with nine stops against the Air Force Academy, but a 69th minute goal proved to be the difference as the Falcons defeated the Spartans men's soccer team 1-0 in Spartan Stadium on Friday night.
Lester now has 70 saves for the season and 190 for his career. He moves past Richard Mann (2005-08) who had 185 saves. Lester is 16 behind Mike Taft (1988-89) for sixth place on the programs all-time list.
The loss leaves the Spartans' record at 6-5-3 overall, 3-3-0 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) action, while the Air Force Academy improves to 8-5-1, 2-3-1 in conference play.
"We've been playing well and were doing well tonight,"defender Dan Addiego said, "but one mistake on a free kick was the difference.We had a couple of good chances, but things just didn't go our way."
A the 68:15 mark, the Falcons Kevin Durr took a free kick from 30 yards out. It sailed across the box where Eric Wilson hit a diving header to the near post. The goal broke up a 0-0 tie.
The Spartans were outshot 15-to-13 for the match. San Jose State was able to put just three shots on frame while the Falcons put 10 of theirs on goal.
San Jose State had several chances in the first half to get on the board. Craig Hertler, who tookthe Spartans three shots on goal, hammered one at the 8:05 mark that was just inches right of the post.
In the 11th minute Nick Cashmere had an opportunity with Falcons' keeper Matt Underwood out of position. Underwood, who finished the night with three saves, came off his line, misplayed a ball which got behind him. Cashmere collected it with his back to the net, turned and fired a shot that again went wide right by inches.
San Jose State outshot the Falcons 7-to-4 in the first 45 minutes and were able to get three on frame, but failed to get any more in the second half.
The Spartans return to action on Sunday, October 23 when they face the Denver University Pioneers in Spartan Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and it will be Senior Day. The Spartans will honor seven seniors who will be playing in the final home match of their careers.